Author: Brighton Walsh
Publisher: Berkley Books, 203 Pages (November 4th, 2014)
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+
Synopsis: In this emotional and sexy New Adult debut from Brighton Walsh, the only thing more frightening than commitment is hope…
Aspiring chef Cade Maxwell is immediately, viscerally attracted to Winter Jacobson. But it’s not her mouthwatering curves he’s drawn to—it’s the strange emptiness in her eyes. When Cade saves her from a drunken customer with grabby hands, he’s shocked at her response…
Winter doesn’t need Cade’s help. After a lifetime of getting by on her own, she’s happy to rely on herself. She’s exactly seventy-six days away from graduating college, and if she can hold it together that long, she’ll finally be able to rise above the crappy hand she was dealt.
But now, every time she turns around, Cade is there, ready to push her, smile at her, distract her from her plans. Winter knows she can’t afford to open up—especially to a man she’s terrified to actually want…
Review: 4.5 Stars - Caged in Winter by author Brighton Walsh might be the first book I’ve read from this author, but it won’t be the last! Such a memorable group of characters and their story is one that other readers will join in with me on sharing the love for this wonderfully written contemporary “New Adult” title.
Everyone who follows this blog knows I’m a HUGE fan and lover of “New Adult” titles and this one was new to me until about a month ago. Once I read the synopsis I just had to read it! Thankfully I asked and was granted an early ARC and once I started reading I couldn’t stop.
The book is well written and the characters have layers that readers will watch as those layers are peeled back throughout the story. These characters have flaws and are real and are trying to come to terms with things that have affected them from their pasts.
Winter isn’t one to open up and is stubborn to a fault when it comes to asking anyone for help. She wants to prove to herself she can do everything on her own and goes about it in a way that helps keep her isolated and alone. She’s almost finished with college and is doing everything in her power to keep a float with work and school.
Cade is in culinary school and lives with his sister and her young daughter. They both work together well in making their schedules work to give his niece everything. He’s extremely protective of them and really any woman who might be in need. So when he see’s Winter working at a bar one night, and someone’s giving her a hard time he takes matters into his own hands.
Their relationship is slow and builds without the usual insta-love which was a nice change of pace. Sometimes I can over look it, but it’s not realistic, so watching these two grow closer ever so slowly was refreshing.
Winter was a tough nut to crack and there was a few times I wanted to strangle her. As I said above she’s stubborn to a fault and she drove me crazy towards the latter part of the story. And Cade… holy hotness! I think he’s a book boyfriend who’s now in the top 10 of all time. He’s smart, cooks, and is good with kids, sweet kind and protective. Has tattoos, he’s tall and has muscles in all the right places.
These two are a great fit and they push each other far beyond their comfort zones. They want more for the other and you can see it and feel it in the way Walsh has written their story.
I loved it from beginning to end. After reading I was left feeling so many emotions and as always when you find a great group of characters, I was sad to say good bye. Thankfully there will be more from Walsh with another book, yet the next title will allow us to spend some one on one time with Cades sister and his best friend. I also hope that we’ll get to check in with Cade and Winter because I’d love to find out where they are now.
If you are looking for a book I’d recommend, well you have it right here in Cages in Winter. It has so much to offer readers with the characters and their journey. You won’t be disappointed! This is a “New Adult” title due to language, drinking and some incredibly steamy sex scenes. I can’t wait to read more from Walsh in the future!! Enjoy!
About the Author:
Brighton Walsh spent nearly a decade as a professional photographer before deciding to take her storytelling in a different direction and reconnect with writing. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children.
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